The Reface keyboard line was inspired by the form factor of the Yamaha CS-01, a mini synth that featured a built-in speaker. The new keyboards use a similar form factor, but have sound engines designed to recall four different Yamaha keyboard lines.
The Reface DX synth engine recalls Yamaha’s classic 80’s DX FM synths:
Key features of all the keyboards in the Reface line include:
- built-in speakers
- 37 keys with HQ-Mini action, derived from Yamaha’s flagship Motif XF
- battery-powered portability
- USB & MIDI connectivity
- Yamaha Reface Capture – an iOS patch librarian app
- SoundMondo – a web MIDI patch librarian and social patch sharing site
Yamaha Reface DX Features:
- reface DX draws its inspiration from the iconic DX7, which debuted in 1983, which pioneered FM synthesis and made polyphonic synths affordable.
- A new Multi-Touch Control interface makes it easy to customize your sound with the powerful FM (frequency modulation) synthesis engine.
- 8-note polyphony
- 32 Voice Memories
- Backlit display
- “One to one” control scheme, meaning the panel controls match the tone generator for direct sound creation.
A key features of the Reface DX is its interface, which features a touch control surface, making FM synthesis much ‘friendlier’ than previous hardware FM synths:
Here’s an overview of the new Yamaha Reface DX, via sonicstate:
The Yamaha Reface DX is expected to ship in September 2015, with a street price around US $500. See the YamahaSynth site for more info.